FAQs

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How do you come up with your fees?
What is usage?
Who will actually do the work on my project?
What happens if the project changes?
Who owns the copyright?
Can we have the files?
What services and fees are subject to sales tax?

How do you come up with your fees?

Although we take a number of factors into determining the fee for a project, about 90% is based on our estimate of how much time it will take to complete any given project. We also take into consideration the complexity, the scope, the approval process and the number of anticipated rounds of reviews.

What is usage?

We license the use of our designs that we create to our clients for specific uses. For example, a brochure design is licensed for 20,000 printed pieces. The brochure design is not licensed for other uses such as applied to a web site design.

Who will actually do the work on my project?

We’re not a large agency, so you will be working directly with the principal and designers, and you will have direct access to them. Back to Top

What happens if the project changes?

Sometimes a project expands into a number of pieces that were not initially anticipated. We write a “Change of Scope” order that must be approved before additional work commences so that we all agree on what is to be delivered and the fee for such. Back to Top

Who owns the copyright?

Generally, the copyright belongs to Tobi Designs for anything that we create. Sometimes copyright is held jointly with photographers and copywriters. Most projects license the right to copy to the client for a specific use. Back to Top

Can we have the files?

Our estimate and contract is very specific about what rights are transferred to the client. After consultation with the client, we do our best to anticipate your needs. For instance, our “boilerplate” proposal/estimates now include the sale of the pdf version of a printed piece for download from the client’s web site. With the exception of corporate identity and template creation, our files are not given to the client. We don’t want to sell you more than you need. Of course, we are happy to work with you to accommodate your specific needs. Back to Top

What services and fees are subject to sales tax?

If you use graphic design services, your tax tab on those services is now dramatically less than it used to be. Thanks to the hard-won victory by the Graphic Artists Guild, among others, you pay sales tax on only 25% of the design fee while 75% of that fee is sales tax free! If your project is delivered to you entirely via the Internet, say in the form of a pdf file e-mailed to you, there is no sales tax at all on the design fee.

Remember that graphic design services often include a range of services other than design, such as printing, proofs, film output and scans. Fees for those services and products are generally taxed for the entire amounts. Back to Top